Cingular Communications/AT&T is announcing a pair of new HSDPA-capable laptop data cards that work globally, and will work with any laptop computer having either an ExpressCard slot or a USB port.
The ExpressCard version started shipping on April 25, while the USB card starts shipping in about a week.
Both cards are part of AT&Ts LaptopConnect portfolio. The Option GT Max 3.6 Express card is designed for ExpressCard slots, found in newer laptop computers. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U works with USB-equipped computers, which is basically all of them. Both of the data cards use AT&Ts 3G BroadbandConnect service. According to the company, they are "slim and stylish."
Both cards also work on Cingulars EDGE network in areas where HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) isnt available, and can also be used in any of the 125 different countries where AT&T has data roaming agreements.
The Option GT Max 3.6 Express card works with Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Vista, and has a flip-up antenna. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U also works with Windows, and in addition will work with Apple Macintosh computers using downloadable software.
Both cards cost $49.99 per month with a two year contract.
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